tv House Democratic Agenda CSPAN July 19, 2014 4:35pm-4:59pm EDT
i have to say once again, at least two of us have long-standing positions on standing which are different. but when you have your critics saying, what are you going to do, go run to the court, like you're running to your mama or something, it doesn't track with me. we have a court system that has as its primary role the maintenance of the separation of powers. if you list their series of jobs in the federal courts, that is the most sacred. that's it. they gave them life tenure, made them independent for a reason, so they could resist you and could resist the president and they could call the line shots and say what's in, what's out. this idea that you are going to increase the power of the courts on a separations issue is just other-worldly to me. they're not increasing their power. they're calling a line shot.
they're saying who is it that has this authority, they're not taking it upon themselves to answer the question. they're picking who is supposed to answer the question. so this idea that we're going to inflate the power of the courts i think is wrong. the question is where do we go from here. there's a place to go. we have two political branches, and when there are major collisions, we have a court system. this perception of the courts is purely pedestrian in your fights. leaves me to wonder what their function truly is. that's why i'm baffled. if this isn't their function, i can't imagine what is. >> may i just respond? >> you have about two minutes. because we got to go to vote. >> well, just that the issue before the court would not be does congress get to make the law or does the president get to make the law. as professor turley was suggesting, the issue is going to be interpreting the degree of
discretion that an administration has and bringing in new requirements in to place. that gets you enmeshed in the issue itself, and that is going to be true every time in the future if this precedent is set that the house of representatives goes in to court or the senate goes in to court and asks the court to determine whether the president is carrying out the law in the way that they intended. and that i think is different. >> i'd like to just respond to that. i don't think that's true at all. again, look at the supreme court's decision in uarg at the end of june. this is what they said. this was -- by the way, this decision was a fateful execution/separation of powers decision. "we would deal a severe blow to the constitution separation of powers if they upheld this tailoring rule by the epa. continuing the quote," under our system of government, congress makes laws and the president acting at times through agencies
like epa faithfully executes them. power of executing the laws necessarily includes both authority and responsibility to involve some questions left open by congress that arise during the law's administration. >> i just want to thank this panel for -- because you all make compelling arguments. that's part of what we have to do is decipher those compelling arguments. you hear a whole lot of stuff here about what it is going to cost. there are ancestors paid the ultimate cost for our constitution. there is no dollar amount on that. with that, i yield back. >> ladies and gentlemen who are witnesses today, i want to thank you. we're sending rather abruptly because we're at the last few seconds of a vote and our
members have to go vote. thank you. you've done outstanding job and i want you to know there's a piece of pizza waiting at the end of the rainbow. so if you'd like to go do that. this now closes the hearing portion of the legislative hearing on committee on the draft discussion and the witnesses are excused at this time and this now ends the hearing portion of what we were attempting to accomplish today with legislative hearing committee on the draft discussion.
[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] lawsuit against president obama is currently not on the legislative agenda this coming week. the house returns tuesday at noon eastern and begins legislative work at 2:00 p.m. with boats on a series of s on asion bills -- vote
series of suspension bills. the senate is scheduled to vote on a combination of three nominations. you can watch the house lot on c-span and the senate live on c-span 2. we are also finding out more about president obama's schedule. the white house announced that he and vice president joe biden will be meeting with presidents honduras and el salvador on friday. they will meet in washington discussed the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing into u.s. territory. 52,000 unaccompanied children are believed to have crossed the u.s. border since october. former vice president the cheney was easily joined by his wife and daughter for discussion. one of the topic was the bush administration's policies in iraq compared to that of the obama administration. presidentf all, the
made a decision he was not going to criticize his successor. that is this call. a precedent set by his father. i am not bound by the structures. [applause] that.eople do not like i feel strongly about what is going on over there now, just as i did when we made the decision to go into iraq. i believed in it then. i look back on it now as the absolute right thing to do. what we are faced with today is a problem that is, anything, bigger than any challenge we face before 9/11. our problem at the time -- we had 9/11, we had 19 guys armed with airline tickets and boxcars come here and killed 3000 americans, take down the world trade center, blowhole in the pentagon -- and the problem in the aftermath of 9/11 was the conviction that it would be a follow-on mass casualty attack and the next time it would be with guys armed with something far deadlier than airline tickets. fast-forward -- >> i'm going to stop either.
you made a comment about boxed covers the other day when you were on this week -- "this week." what do you fear will be next> >> what i fear is something i said clear back in april, 1991, before 9/11. i was asked in an article in "new york magazine," what i feared most by way of a threat to the united states that it was the idea of terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction. >> you can see that entire discussion with the cheneys tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. ago, the watergate scandal led to the only resignation of an american president. throughout this month and early august, american history tv revisits the 1974 final weeks of the nixon administration. this weekend, opening statements from the house judiciary committee as members consider articles of impeachment against president nixon. >> selection of the president to
occupy the very unique position within our local system. one act in which the entire country participates and the result is winding up on all of the states for four years. the outcome is excepted, the document stands as a symbol of our national unity and commitment. so at the judgment of the people were to be reversed, if the majority will is to be undone, if that symbol is to be replaced to the action of elected representatives, then it must be for substantial and not trivial offenses supported by facts and -- by >> watergate 40 years later on american history tv on c-span 3. >> house democrats this week gathered on the capital steps to lay out their 100 day action plan for helping the middle class, something they call the middle class jumpstart. this is 20 minutes.
>> good morning. are you all ready? because we're ready. i have the privilege of being the chairman of the house democratic caucus. and we are gathered here today to send a very clear message to america. you can either sue the president of the united states or you can do your job here at the house of representative and pass laws that help the middle class and working families. you can shut down the government taking 800,000 workers and $24 billion taxpayer dollars with you, or you can enact the president's job agenda. you can vote more than 50 times to tear down america's new health security and patient law, or you can make the law even better so every working family in america has a doctor and a peace of mind that comes with it. you can pass stop gap measures that merely kick the can down the road on our nation's budget,
or on the construction and repair of our roads, rail and bridges, or you can do it the right way and pass stable, long-term laws that give our businesses and employers the confidence to hire and grow. you can do nothing other than block a vote to fix a broken immigration system, or you can pass the bipartisan fix that the senate voted out 384 days ago. americans don't have the luxury to watch the house of representatives waste time and taxpayer dollars. it's time to give americans who work hard and earn only $7.25 a raise. it's time to pay women the same as a man for the same work. it's time to reward companies that grow jobs in america, not ship them overseas. and it's time to make colonel -- college affordable once again for the middle class. democrats have a
straightforward, ambitious agenda. but we will not waste america's time or taxpayer dollars. give us a chance to lead the people us a house and in 100 days -- the people's house and in 100 days we'll accomplish the work of america, putting the middle class first. let me now introduce our friend and chairman who helped us put together the agenda that will put america back to work, chairman steve israel. >> thank you very much. thank you. the defining issue of our time is middle class economic security. it's all about who's got your back. and the house republican majority has turned its back on the middle class. it's time for somebody to stand up for the middle class and get to work for the middle class. that's house democrats, that's what we're going to do. house republicans have stacked the deck for the special interests, they have turned their back on the middle class. they have stalled the middle class. today behind these doors they will waste an entire day and taxpayer dollars plotting to sue
the president of the united states. meanwhile we are out here announcing our solutions to support the middle class. this is the middle class jump start. it is jump start middle class. 100 days of action to put the middle class first, ahead of the special interests. now, you couldn't have a more vivid contrast in priorities. they have passed maximum subsidies for the special interests. in the first 100 days, we will increase the minimum wage for america's workers. first 100 days. they have protected the profits of the big banks. in the first 100 days, we will allow every student in the middle class and working families to refinance their student loans. in their house majority, they have supported putting bosses in charge of women's health freedoms. in the first 100 days, we will require bosses to pay a woman the same as a man for equal work. that's the difference between them and us. 100 days.
putting the middle class first. more jobs, not more subpoenas. more jobs for the middle class, not more jobs for partisan lawyers. supporting women and families, supporting affordable and accessible education. today the middle class, they feel stalled. they do feel stalled. we do not need on that same day another republican lawsuit to advance their partisan aims. we need solutions to protect the middle class' pocketbooks. that's what jump start middle class is all about. you give us this majority, we will protect the middle class first and stop house republicans from putting the special interests ahead. thank you very much. let's jump start the middle class. we need solutions, not more politics. thank you, mr. chairman. and let me turn it over to our distinguished minority whip, who as the majority whip will make sure that these first 100 days we produce solutions and results for the middle class, as majority leader, steny hoyer.
>> thank you so much. the middle class needs a jump start. the middle class knows they need a jump start. and they know they need a congress that is on their side, not a congress that says you're on your own. that's what the american people want. that's what we're going to give them. democrats have a strong agenda for the 114th congress. the republican majority has squandered their chance to create jobs and grow opportunities. they have wasted taxpayers' time and money with costly government shutdowns and frivolous lawsuits. it's time for a change. a new democratic majority that will hit the ground running, with legislative agendas that supports a strong and growing middle class. the make it in america plan is a broad agenda for jobs and competitiveness and is a central part of this jump start the middle class. we want to provide tax incentives to encourage
companies to bring jobs home rather than send jobs overseas. we want to invest in increased exports, improved infrastructure and skills training programs to help attract jobs and support a strong manufacturing base. democrats, democrats have a real plan to get things done. and if we have the majority in january, as i fully expect us to have, we will be introducing the 21st century make it in america act. i really garbled that, didn't i? >> say it again, say it again. >> we're going to introduce the 21st century make it in america act. [cheers and applause] they knew i could do it. americans are tired of a republican do-nothing and do-bad-things congress focused
on simply partisan divisions. they want a congress that helps everyone make it in america. and jump starts the middle class. now i want to introduce my colleague, a real leader in the democratic party, and in this country, my friend, the congressman from south carolina, and the assistant leader of our party, jim clyburn. >> thank you, thank you very much. mr. whip, thank you, mr. chairman, mr. chairman. thanks to all my distinguished colleagues. i'm pleased to join the house democrats today to unveil our 100-day action agenda. house republicans have stacked the deck for the wealthiest few at the expense of working families. in the first 100 days of 2015, a
democratic house majority will act to jump start a middle class agenda. an agenda that starts with jobs. good jobs. jobs with livable wages. jobs that will expand the middle class. and move the families of hardworking men and women into the middle class. democrats, steny, democrats will pass the 21st century make it in america act. to provide tax incentives to companies that create good-paying jobs here at home. republicans voted to give tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas. house democrats will pass the build america bonds act, to
boost job growth and modernize america's infrastructure by building roads, bridges, broadband technology and investing in clean energy. and we will pay for it by closing corporate tax loopholes. republicans have blocked legislation to make long-term investments in our nation's aging highway system, and opposed creating clean energy jobs for the future. house democrats will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and pass the tax fairness act, to deny c.e.o.'s the ability to claim tax deductions for pay over $1 million, unless they give their employees a raise. republicans refused to raise the
minimum wage but give massive tax giveaways to corporate special interests and the ultrawealthy. america needs an economy that works for working people. house democrats are ready to deliver on that vision with our 100-day action plan. and with that it is my pleasure to yield now to the chair, soon to be chair, of the house budget committee, chris van hollen. >> thank you. thank you, mr. clyburn. as we work to shut down those special interest corporate loopholes that encourage americans, companies to move jobs overseas, as we shut those down and invest those savings in jobs here at home, we need to make sure, as mr. clyburn said, that those jobs pay a decent wage, a living wage, a wage that
can support american families. because when american families succeed, all of america succeeds. so there are two things we're going to do. in that first 100 days. the first is end the scandal that in america you can work 40 hours a week, all year long, and still have to raise your family in poverty. that is simply wrong. we need to make sure we raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and get that done once and for all. but we cannot stop there. we need to make sure all of america has a shot at a wage. what we've seen over the last several decades is large increases in worker productivity. we have seen skyrocketing increases in c.e.o. pay and bonuses. what we have not seen is increases in the employee pay. they have been left behind. even though they are working to boost that productivity and
boost those corporate profits. so we have a very simple proposition. we have a proposition called the c.e.o. employee pay fairness act. and that is this. if you're a corporation, you cannot give your c.e.o. and top executives, you cannot take a deduction for their pay over $1 million unless you're going to give your employees a raise. it's pretty simple. it's pretty fair. after all, the taxpayers should not have to subsidize big corporate c.e.o. bonuses for corporations that are not providing their employees with a wage and pay increase. so let's get the job done, let's invest in jobs here, let's make sure they're jobs that pay a decent wage for all americans and with that i'm very pleased to turn it over to mr. tierney who has taken the lead on making sure every kid has a shot at
the american dream. mr. tierney. >> thank you, chris. i want to thank leader pelosi and all of my colleagues for including my bill in the house democratic economic agenda. it is simple and it is straightforward. what this bill does is provide existing student loan borrowers the opportunity to refinance their debt at a lower rate. banks can do it, businesses can do it, families can do it with their home ownership and students should be able to do it. it would save students and parents and graduates thousands of dollars on their loans and that savings no doubt will be will get spent right back into the economy, giving it a boost. the nonpartisan congressional budget office states clearly that it would reduce the deficit by $22 billion in 10 years, so taxpayers also benefit from it. right now the house republicans are in there trying to find out how to sue the president. we're out here making sure that we're fighting for tens of millions of parents and students and graduates, to make sure that they have an equal chance. this is all about whose side are you on and we're on e